Sacred Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu 4 Days

MAR 2022 - DEC 2022 Price from $ 780 USD pp $ 830 USD
Trip Type Walking & Trekking
Difficulty Level Challenging/Tough
Group Size 2-8 people
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The sacred Inca trail to Machu Picchu is a new route that starts from the city of Cusco, we will go in our private transport to the north-west of the city of Cusco, during the first rays of the sun we will visit the typical market of Pisac, and appreciate its fine handicrafts, also the traditional ovens where some small empanadas are made in the Cusco style.

Then we depart through the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the archaeological complex of Urco, where we will visit one of the sacred temples of the Incas, of great significance, since according to archaeologists this is the true origin of the Incas. On this trip we will also visit the Inkarry museum, a cultural space where the best representations of all the cultures that existed in Peru since 4,000 BC are displayed. And after having been imbued with a lot of information on history and culture, we will start our sacred inca trail hike  through the mountains of Apu Kusanpata, passing through beautiful forests of Queuñas and Chachacomos, to Lake Yanacocha, a sacred inca trail space since time immemorial. Continuing the trip you will go up to the high peaks of the apu Illahuaman, from where you have a fabulous view of the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and be part of an offering ceremony to the sacred apus of the Quechua people, with the coca leaves, with our Andean priest of Q’eros.

During our Sacred Inca Trail hike, we also give strength to the Pachamama, so that she might go on generating life. During that offering ceremony, prayers are made for the health of whoever asks for them. Often, prayers are made for the participants´ work, prosperity and protection. In our Andean Cosmovision, everything that surrounds us is alive and we consider that offsets of balance frequently occur within our lives. So, one of the ways we have to harmonize and re-balance them, is through that Sacred Ceremony. Therefore, prayers are made with three undamaged coca leaves that Mother Earth gives us and which are offered to the Apus (Great Mountain Spirits). We also use elements like sweets, wool of different colors, myrrh, incense, animal fat and a great variety of foods and herbs we buy in the market and that the Andean people call “alcanzo” (allowance). But, one has to know how to prepare the offering, because not all that is being sold is being used, as each element has its meaning and reason to be.

After an approach to the mysticism of the Incas, we will go down to the Yucay Valley where the royal estates of Inca Wayna CCapaq and Tupaq Inca Yupanqui are still preserved. To close with a flourish you will explore the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu through the short  Inca Trail route, where you can enjoy Machu Picchu with more time and get the best photos of your trip to Peru.

INCLUDED IN THE SACRED INCA TRAIL HIKE  TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS:

  • Transportation Cusco-Huayoccari
  • Transportation Yucay-Ollantaytambo
  • Transportation Ollantaytambo – Cusco
  • Camping tent
  • Sleeping mats
  • 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 3 breakfast, vegetarian option available
  • Professional english tour  guide
  • Andean Priest from Q’ero community
  • 7 kg free for your duffel bag
  • Entry ticket to Inca Trail
  • Entry ticket to Machu Picchu
  • Entry ticket to Inkarry Museum
  • Train ticket Ollantaytambo – Km 104
  • Train Ticket Aguas Calientes – Ollantaytambo
  • 1 night hotel in Ollantaytambo
  • 1 night hotel in Aguas Calientes
  • First aid kit

NOT INCLUDED :

  • First breakfast
  • Last day lunch
  • Extra drinks such as coffee, beer, pisco sour
  • Huaynapicchu Mountain
  • Sleeping bag
  • Trekking poles
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for the travel staff
  • Enjoy and share a great Inca experience accompanied by an expert guide.
  • Delight yourself with the best cuisine that Peru has through a delicious dish prepared by our expert chef.
  • Meet local people with picturesque costumes that keep the culture of the places where they live alive.
  • Experience the beauty of beautiful gorges, mountains surrounded by plants and animals of various varieties.
  • Share a unique experience with the Andean priests of the Q’ero nation. Who are the last descendants of the true Inca culture, they will teach you all about their rituals and traditions about offerings to mother earth.

On this tour you will have considerable changes in height, from 2,500 meters to 4,300 meters. This tour has a moderate to demanding level of walking. The temperature changes are also remarkable, since we will go through different microclimates, so in the sacred valley of the Incas during the months with dry season, it is an average heat of 21 ° C. And in the mountains at night you will have temperatures of up to – 2 ° C. We must also mention that the climate changes rapidly in the Andes.

Inca Trail Camping Tents: 1 night

The overnight stays during the Sacred Inca Trail is made in double-roofed tents, which are installed by the accompanying team. The tents are equipped with thick foam mattresses that are carried by the horses. Sleeping bags can be rented on site for a fee prior to the start of the trek. On your lares trek you will have a tent with your portable toilet, in the camps, these are always clean and you can use at any time.

VERONICA View Hotel: 1 night

VERONICA View Hotel is located in Ollantaytambo and offers a bar, a garden and a terrace. The property has a restaurant, 24-hour reception, room service and free WiFi. There is free private parking and a car rental service. The rooms are equipped with a wardrobe. All rooms at the VERONICA View Hotel have a work desk and a private bathroom. A continental breakfast is served at the property. The VERONICA View Hotel features spa and wellness facilities with an indoor pool and sauna.

RETAMA MACHU PICCHU: 1 night

The Hotel Hotel Retama Machupicchu is located, 700 meters from the hot springs of Machu Picchu, it is the most beautiful and quiet area of ​​the town, in the Wiñaywayna Park located three blocks from the Peru Rail station, overlooking the river and the moutains; It offers free WiFi and a tour desk. The accommodation offers luggage storage and a currency exchange service. Room service, 45-inch plasma AOC TV, 24-hour hot water, Hair dryer, Towels for thermal baths, Buffet breakfast.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 4200 m
Hiking Distance 7 km
Approximate walking time 4 hrs

Our guides will pick you up from your hotel in Cusco at 5:00 am, then we will go to the Sacred Valley of the Incas with our private transport. The first stop will be at the Taray viewpoint where you can see the beautiful sacred valley, with its corn crops. Very close is the town of Pisac where we will visit a traditional clay oven, where delicious empanadas and breads are prepared in the Cusco style. You can also visit the typical market of Pisac, where you can buy some crafts.
Right there you can take advantage if you want to have your breakfast in one of the restaurants near the square. Continuing with the trip we will make another stop at the archaeological complex of Urco, where we will visit the great terraces of the Inca period, with their water channels, by the way these are still being cultivated by the local inhabitants. We also visit the sacred temple of Water, the astronomical observatory, and the royal houses of the Incas. At noon we will arrive at the Huayoccari sector where our porters are already waiting for us, and lunch is ready.
After a rest, we start the ascent walk to Lake Yanacocha, it will be a 3-hour walk along a path surrounded by forests of Queña, Chachacomos and wild flowers. Today we finish our walk with a view to the bottom of the Sacred Valley. The camp will be next to the Quellococha lagoon surrounded by fabulous mountains, at night you can enjoy a sky full of stars and the milky way.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 4300 m
Hiking Distance 10 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

Today we will get up very early, after having a nutritious breakfast, we will start with the walk to the highest part of the circuit, which will be the Apu Illahuaman pass. From here you can appreciate a panoramic view of the Sacred Valley and the snow mountains of   Veronica, Salkantay, Ausangate, Pitusiray and Sawasiray. It is here where our Andean priest will develop a sacred offering to the Apus or sacred mountains, and he will strengthen you with a lot of energy, as well as a balance of your chakras, with prayers and sacred songs. Afterwards, you will have to make a descent to the community of San Juan, there will be our lunch, you will also be able to know the local life of the inhabitants, who are dedicated to growing potatoes, and raising alpacas. Then the walk continues to the Yucay Valley, there you will discover the huge cultivation terraces of the Inca period, and also a lunar astronomical center. In the afternoon our transport will pick us up to take us to our lodge in Ollantaytambo.

Level Challenging/Tough
Max Elevation 2700 m
Hiking Distance 11 km
Approximate walking time 8 hrs

We will leave our Lodge early, to take the train to the start of the Inca Trail trek to Machu Picchu. After 1h by train we will arrive at the site of Chachabamba. Where we will organize our backpacks, to explore the Inca trail to Machu Picchu. Before we must pass the control in charge of the park rangers, who will check our tickets and passports. The walk begins at 2000 meters, the first site you will visit is the ruins of Chachabamba, where your guide will give you a short introduction on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.
From here it will be a slow ascent along the path surrounded by orchids and wild flowers, towards the ruins of Wiñaywayna. After 2 hours we arrive at the waterfalls sector, where you can take some photos, very close is the archaeological complex of Wiñayhuayna, which are the most beautiful ruins of the entire Inca Trail, together with your route guide you can visit the temples, granaries , palaces and water fountains. Then we go to the second control of the Machu Picchu national park, there our porter will offer us a lunch. Then we go through the jungle towards the Sun Gate, from where you will have the first impression of Machu Picchu. Today we will just come by and take some photos of the wonder of the world. To end the day, a local bus will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes where we will sleep in a comfortable Hotel. Dinner will be in a tourist restaurant.

Level Leisurely/Moderate
Max Elevation 2400 m
Hiking Distance 6 km
Approximate walking time 4 hrs

Today is a very important day as we are going to visit the citadel of Machu Picchu. For this, we will go up very early, and be the first visitors to the sacred sanctuary of Machu Picchu, if you have good luck, you will enjoy a sunrise surrounded by some llamas. We will start the tour from the guardian’s house, from where the classic photo of Machu Picchu is taken. You will visit the most important sites such as the house of the sun, sacred square, temple of condor, and the houses of the nobles. The guided tour lasts 2 hours, then you can stay a little longer in the sanctuary, since then you have to return to the town of Aguas Calientes, so you can have lunch, in any restaurant. Do not forget to be at the train station half an hour before the departure of your train, our company usually reserves the train tickets for the 14:30 pm schedule. This train will arrive at the town of Ollantaytambo where our driver awaits you, who will pick you up and drop you off at the door of your hotel in Cusco at approximately 7:00 pm.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING FOR SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU

SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS warm jackets
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS Hydration bladder
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS wool socks
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS camera
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS scarf
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS first aid kit
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS hiking shoes
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS Dry bags
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS Trekking Poles
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS sun cream
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS Snack
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS sun hat
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS bathing suite
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS rain coat
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS Sandals
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS insect repellent
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS Passport
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS Down Jackets
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS toilet paper
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS daypack
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS Wool cap
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS head lamp
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS gloves
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS sun glasses
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS cap
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS extra cash
SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS Trekking pants

ESSENTIAL TRIP INFORMATION

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The best time to visit Peru is during the dry season, between May and November, when the weather is dry and bright, with more frequent rainfall occurring between November and April.

JANUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
FEBUARY Warm - Heavy Rain
MARCH Warm - Heavy Rain
APRIL Warm - Light Rain
MAY Hot
JUNE Hot
JULY Hot
AUGUST Hot
SEPTEMBER Hot - Warm
OCTOBER Hot - Warm
NOVEMBER Warm - Light Rain
DECEMBER Warm - Heavy Rain

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

MAR 2022 - DEC 2022 Price from
$ 780 USD Per Person $ 830 USD
Tour for 2 - 4 persons $ 780USD Per Person
Tour for 5 - 8 persons $ 760USD Per Person
Note

To book this tour, a minimum of $ 200 USD per person is required, the remaining balance will be paid upon arrival in Peru, at the Cusco office.

Any other additional information, please coordinate with your travel agent.

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What our clients say about us

  • "Everything was perfect, from the office to the super Guide, Juve he was very careful with us ! Thank you! Raccomandatet!"

    Gino Di Tullio
    SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS
  • " A agência tem preço competitivo e cumpriu exatamente com tudo que foi combinado. O guia da trilha foi excelente. Muito conhecimento sobre a cultura Inca, muito divertido, ótimo fotógrafo!
    I made the short Inca trail 2D / 1N and Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) with them. The price is competitive and the agency has exactly matched everything that was agreed. The guide of the trail was excellent, he has a lot of knowledge about Inca culture, he is a lot of fun and a great photographer! "

    Cris G
    SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS
  • " We had Elmer as our guide and his knowledge about the culture, the ancient traditions and the trail itself is wide and deep at the same time. He was a pleasant and fun company throughout. His team of porters and Chef. Chino were amazingly hospitable in-spite of the strenuous trek. Always smiling and eager to serve. Our camping sites had the perfect view every single evening. We had rented the sleeping bags and trekking poles from them and all were in good condition. Tents were nice and warm as well. The food was something we did not expect at all. "

    Meena
    SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS
  • " Great coordination from Miriam starting with orientation meeting and individualized attention via whatsapp. The hike to MP from km 104 was tough but lovely and Javier was a great guide with humor and knowledgeable. After 11km hiking we arrived to the Sun gate around 2pm and went down for the 1st visit to MP. Dinner in Aguas Calientes and early wake up to enter MP at 6am which was still very peaceful. It cannot get much better. great vale for money! "

    David D
    SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS
  • " Amazing trek to Machu Picchu, with very knowledgeable guide and amazing Porter team! Beautiful views, great food, and good times!"

    Jeremy C
    SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS
  • " We made the 2d/1n trip to Machu Picchu this was very worth. Our Guide Osman was very friendly and kind. During the trek he explained us the landscape, flowers and the history of the ruins very interesting. We can really recomand this trip for the people who don't like to do the long trek. Many thanks to Osman for the wonderful hike! "

    Melanie U
    SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS
  • " We feel the genuine and warmth welcome of the city and the people in it, as if they treat us like family (especially our porters and our guide Alex). We are deeply grateful for all the help and patience they've extended to reach out to us. And forever grateful for the life's lessons learned and the experience. This adventure for sure will made an imprint in our hearts and in our life's journey, that we are very much willing to share it with our own family, friends and love ones. "

    Czarina 23
    SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS
  • " To be honest, at the very end I would have gone thru the whole experience a million times without changing anything at all. Also, returning to Cusco wasn't hard, train was booked and transfer bus was there to pick us up on time. The overall experience, amazing. "

    Dacil A
    SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS

Why travel with Andean Great Treks

SACRED INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU  4 DAYS
LOCALLY INSPIRED, DELICIOUS FLAVOURS
There is something magical about artisanal farming in the Andes. The rich soils and unique climate give products an otherwise unattainable flavor. Our chefs serve local and international food. With unparalleled views of the fabulous Andean Mountains, amid the highland forests from your table, you’ll enjoy delicious gourmet food and new spins on classic Peruvian favorites. We use only local produce and fresh ingredients.
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OUR PASSIONATE TOUR GUIDES
Unlock the secrets of Peru’s most iconic adventure destination. Our team is passionate about making sure your experiences are unique —some thrilling, some relaxing, all awe-inspiring. Our private guides will let you explore the Andes and rainforest at your own pace, stopping for a snack if you’re hungry, or racing to the top of a hill if you’re up to it.
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YOUR SAFETY OUR PRIORITY
We work with certified guides, the latest high-tech equipment and satellite communication, to guarantee your safety every step on the trail. Each year we do the course of rescue and first aid with all our hiking team (guides, cooks, horsemen, drivers). The course is comprehensive and practical, including all of the essential principles and skills required to assess and manage medical problems in isolated and extreme environments.
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ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY
We have deep love and respect for our Mother Earth or Pachamama since we are a 100% Cusco company. We know the importance of our Andean culture, and like good children of the earth, we do everything possible to avoid contamination.
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CAMPING EQUIPMENT
It’s essential to have the best equipment when you’re walking in the mountains. Due to the constant climate changes in the region, we use tents suitable for all four seasons.
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SMALL GROUPS & BIG ADVENTURES
With a maximum group size is 8 on most tours, it feels more like traveling with friends than being on an organized tour. You'll meet like-minded people where everyone is guaranteed to share a passion for travel.

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